27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
This incident is very significant, for it shows that, even at this early stage, people had realized the importance of the unity of the Church. When there was famine in Palestine, the first instinct of the church at Antioch was to help. It was unthinkable that one part of the Church should be in trouble and that another should do nothing about it. They were far away from the congregational outlook; they had that width of vision which saw the Church as a whole.